The Season

A mild spring was followed by a sunny summer and a lingering dry autumn. This was warm enough to produce perfect ripening in both varieties but not too hot as to destroy the vibrant varietal character of sauvignon blanc.

The Vineyard

The vines, which are almost 30 years old, were grown on a series of north facing gradually descending terraces in stony, free draining soil. We deliberately had a mixture of exposed and shaded fruit on the sauvignon blanc vines to ensure a wide spectrum of flavours. The semillon fruit, which naturally ripens later, was fully exposed to the sunlight.

The Harvest and Winemaking

We picked the sauvignon in stages during April, timing each harvest to further optimise the grapes’ range of natural flavours. The semillon was harvested in May, by which time it had achieved optimal physiological ripeness. These varieties were fermented separately, the semillon in old French oak barrels to help develop the wine’s texture, without adding oak. Both varieties were then aged on their natural deposits of yeast lees (sur lie) for eight months to fill out the palate, the semillon portion remaining in barrels throughout this time.

The Wine

Impressions of passionfruit, melon, greengage and gooseberry abound in the aroma and flavour. These are supported by savoury hints of roast capsicum and aubergine. It is rich and concentrated in the mouth but retains a tight-knit, refined structure with a zesty, dry, crisp finish. While ready to drink on release it should develop a range of additional fascinating nuances with careful cellaring.

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“Pegasus Bay Sauvignon Semillon is one of my favourite New Zealand Wines”

- Joelle Thomson, www.joellethomson.com NZ

2015

An absolute classic, none of our judges were surprised….. absolutely set the bar for this exotic and exciting style over the decades. …Gorgeous stuff.”
- Yvonne Lorkin, Dish magazine, NZ
93/100
A very concentrated full-tilt take on the Style . A wealth of ripe lemon, cool herbs and bright tropical fruit accents as well as papaya on the palate. Flesh and acidity are well matched”. 
- Nick Stock, JamesSuckling.com, USA
This is one of the South Island’s most complex and interesting white wines ….. richly textural white, modelled on the best Bordeaux whites and putting Canterbury’s finest”
- Joelle Thomson, www.joellethomson.com NZ

2014

91/100
“… intensely scented … medium to full-bodied with a decadent oiliness to the texture, it fills the palate … finishing with great persistence …”
- Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, eRobertParker.com, USA
“   One of my favourite New Zealand wines and one that I buy extremely regularly and love even more every time I open it – again, it’s all about savoury flavours complex creamy notes … fresh and zesty” 
- Joelle Thomson, www.joellethomson.com NZ
91+/100
“…Really leaves the taste buds quivering … A rather uncompromising, idiosyncratic Sauvignon-Semillon blend in the style of a white Bordeaux.
- Steve Tanzer, www.vinous.com, USA
18+/20
“… This is a moderately rich, concentrated and harmoniously presented Sauvignon/Semillon blend with subtle complexities and a soft, dry finish. ….”
- Raymond Chan, www.raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz, NZ
“ … concentrated and complex, with loads of personality … A very distinctive wine” 
- Michael Copper, michaelcooper.co.nz, NZ

2012

94/100
"This wine has excellent fruit freshness, complexity balance and length. Oatmeal, stone fruit and tropical fruits with complexity. In the mouth a complex cascading quince citrus and finishing lychee awash in tropical zesty acidity with fresh ripe citrus, passionfruit, guava, lemon and pink grapefruits all offering flavours to drive exceptional length and complexity.
- Rob Geddes MW Author of Australia Wine Vintages
”The fruit richness is balanced and cut by crisp acidity, and the palate is elegant in proportion with a fine phenolic line smoothly carrying the wine. As the wine flows, the palate tends to dryness and the flavours lead to a long, lingering finish. This is an elegantly concentrated Sauvignon/Semillon blend with fresh, fruit and a fine linearity and dry mouthfeel. …”
- Raymond Chan, raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz
This is a seriously powerful white wine and clearly semillon is an excelsior in the blend; wonderfully decedent and invigorating, drinking well now but you can sense with its unbridled power and cut it will cellar for 10 years or more.
- Curtis Marsh, www.thewanderingpalate.com
A serious and muscular Sauvignon dominant blend with ripe green fruits and a complex smoky, flinty element.
- Wine NZ magazine

2011

92/100
Pale straw-tinged yellow. Complex, bracing aromas of gooseberry, white pepper, ginger, quinine, crushed stone and dusty herbs, plus a hint of lanolin. Broad, spicy and quite dry, with firm acidity giving excellent cut to the subtle flavors of citrus fruits and floral oils; more concentrated than the overwhelming majority of New Zealand's sauvignon-based wines. The long finish features a bitter-edged grapefruit note that calls for a year or two of patience.
- Steve Tanzer, www.internationalwinecellar.com, USA
The flavours lead to a very long, lingering, tightly bound finish. This is a very elegant, concentrated Sauvignon Blanc based wine with very fine textures and complex flavours.
- Raymond Chan, raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz
This is one of the country’s best sauvignon blancs, but not as you normally know it. A little Semillon in this blend goes a long way towards creating a rainbow of flavours…The result is complex, fascinating flavours with richness, depth and length to burn.
- Joelle Thompson, Your Weekend magazine, NZ
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Licence Holder:Dr I Donaldson T/A:Pegasus Bay Winery.
Licence no:057/OFF/001/2015 Exp:22/12/2017